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This Mother’s Day weekend I was treated to trip to one of my favorite German cities and a bit of history.

Hubby, Amazing Daughter, and I went back to Nuremberg.  We went to a part of the city that holds a lot of memories.

First stop was Soldiers Field.  This was where around a million soldiers paraded and listened to Hitler.  If you have watched any coverage of the History channel you know how vital this was during the Third Reich.

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It seems so peaceful now.  I have to admit I had goose bumps walking around.  Years ago when Hubby was in the military in Nuremberg, we attended a 4th of July celebration at this very site.  Billy Joel was there too!

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Here is the platform where Hitler would review the troops and speak.

Now, the area is part soccer field, part motorcycle driving school.  We also saw a lot of skateboarders.

We decided to  eat lunch before our next stop.  Across the street from the field was an old train station that has been turned into a great place to eat.  This was the train station that delivered the troops for the Third Reich ‘celebrations’.

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Next we headed to the Documentation Museum.  We have actually never been to this museum.  We were excited to see it.

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The building was the Congress Hall during the Nazi regime.  They never finished the building.  The city of Nuremberg in 2001 turned into a museum. It was very informational and thought provoking.

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Part of the building was built in a semicircle shape.

Our final stop was the site of the Nuremberg Trials.  Again, another destination that allows reflection.

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The Hall of Justice is still being used today.  It seems so understated.

This is the actual courtroom the Nuremberg Trials took place in.

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Of course the set up is different.  There is just something about standing in a place where history was made.

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This is one of the benches that the war criminals sat on.  I have to admit that I was happy to see they were plain and probably very uncomfortable to sit on.  Above the courtroom  they had an excellent exhibit about the trial and the players.  I did not know that John Steinbeck attended the trials.

I know it seems strange to spend a Mother’s Day weekend viewing unpleasant events in history.  Enjoyment came from being able to reflect and learn from the past.

 

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